24 Aug 2016 18:04:14
Have not posted in a good while.
I have been very encouraged with BR coming in and the signings so far. Also very encouraged with the style of football we have started to play and results so far. Last week was the atmosphere of old at CP and a great result.
So question. what happened to that team that was full of confidence and attacking bravado?
Am I the only one questioning our set up and tactics last night?
We looked negative and scared from the off and we played like that until well into the second half. Easy to slay Janko but what cover and protection did he get from Forrest who basically did not turn up?
Where is the goalkeeper in dominating his 6 yard box?
I look at every player on the other side and saw more energy, determination and passion than anyone on our side.
Yes we prevailed. just. but that was as bad as anything in the last two years under RD.
Only saving grace was yanking people out and putting others on the park that solidified an entirely defensive set up.

1.) 24 Aug 2016
24 Aug 2016 18:34:47
I agree we seamed to set up the stall just to defend and we are lucky to have survived it looked like RD was in the dug out last night But I am sure BR would have taken a lot from that game and a lot about the players we have to I don't think he will try that system again in a hurry.

2.) 24 Aug 2016
24 Aug 2016 18:32:05
I'm in (near) total agreement Paul. Big fan of BR decisions to date but thought he got it very wrong last night. Expected him to go for it as they had to come out-were shown to be weak at the back last week-and more comfortable going forward. Plus defense is hardly our forte. Goal keeper doesn't seem to know that everything in the 6 yard box is his. Only disagreement is that I've seen enough of Janko to have formed an opinion (that's just mine) he can't cut it.

3.) 24 Aug 2016
24 Aug 2016 19:24:46
Rd never lost a 3 goal lead like that nor did he get beat off amateurs from Gibraltar either. That was a really poor side n we conceded 4 very bad goals, if it was Rd people would b up in arms but it seems br walks on water in some people's eyes.
Don't get me wrong he has done well since coming in but last night 5 2 up we should have went over there n tried 4 an early goal, instead we were way too deep most of the game n too many players didn't perform, the subs and starting lineup were all wrong rogic Roberts n schviatchenko all should have started in my opinion, I thought it was only Rd that happened 2.
Glad we made it through and hope to see a couple more signings, including a permanent move 4 Roberts, as we need more quality in the team and another striker as again, despite all his goals Griff was posted missing although I'm sure he knows he needs 2 up his game at this level. Dembele very unlucky with a wicked attempt but a bad European performance despite qualifying, we need to keep the ball much better away from home.
Onwards and upwards hail hail.

4.) 24 Aug 2016
24 Aug 2016 20:24:12
There was a lot more riding on last nights game lads. My thinking is in the group stage we have 6 matches. I'm sure that we will put on a few good away performances, playing with nothing to lose. Can't wait for the draw. Give us Real Madrid and Dortmund.